Champions : TED Radio Hour From Little League to the Olympics, athletic mastery plays a major role in our sense of achievement. This hour, TED speakers explore the minds and bodies of champions who achieve extraordinary feats.

"I think there's something natural to us about physical competition. It's such a direct and pure way to measure achievement" — David Epstein iStockphoto hide caption

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"I think there's something natural to us about physical competition. It's such a direct and pure way to measure achievement" — David Epstein

"I think there's something natural to us about physical competition. It's such a direct and pure way to measure achievement" — David Epstein

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Champions

From Little League to the Olympics, athletic mastery plays a major role in our sense of achievement. This hour, TED speakers explore the minds and bodies of champions who achieve extraordinary feats.

"When I stand on that shore, the main thing is, I want that destination, I want it" — Diana Nyad Marla Aufmuth/TED hide caption

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What Does It Take To Dive Into Dangerous Waters?

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Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger Vitamin String Quartet

"The Olympic motto is 'Citius, Altius, Fortius.' Faster, higher, stronger. And athletes have fulfilled that motto rapidly" — David Epstein James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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Are Athletes Really Getting Faster, Better, Stronger?

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Simmerdown Nostalgia 77

"It's fulfilling to me to find out what those limitations are, or to blow through the limitations that you thought you had" — Amy Purdy Courtesy of TED hide caption

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How Do We Use Our Challenges To Live Beyond Limits?

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1000 Arms Lymbyc System

"Success motivates us, but a near-win can propel us in an ongoing quest" — Sarah Lewis James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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How Do Our Near-Wins Motivate Us To Keep Going?

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Winner Takes All The Platters